!!The original book offers the following tropes:

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Although he's presented as/intended as an {{Antihero}}, for a large part of the book, the Count is, arguably, a VillainProtagonist. [[spoiler:He does manipulate a greedy wife into poisoning almost every single member of her family, including one KickTheDog moment outside the count's immediate control where she poisons her nine-year-old son.]] His revenge scheme even include killing his former lover's son and he made a point that his revenge aimed every child of mature age.
*** AffablyEvil
*** AntiHero: Type IV or V
*** AristocratsAreEvil
*** VillainProtagonist
** Villefort can actually come across as less evil/jerkassed than the other three despite his rather worse crimes ([[spoiler:such as knowingly locking away a (actually innocent) man in the off-chance his talking might damage his career, covering up a crime committed by a relative, having an affair that results in an illegitimate child, burying said child alive]]) due to the fact that he does seem to be a loving-if-stern father to Valentine and Edouard, and his increasing breakdown as his household is the target of several murders ([[TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes for a crown attorney, this is even worse than usual]]). Even the [[spoiler:attempted infanticide]] is lessened when we see what kind of person [[spoiler:Benedetto]] grew up to be.
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* EvilIsSexy: Benedetto is repeatedly described as handsome and (while in his aristocratic guise) charming.
* MagnificentBastard: The Count, one of the oldest and best.
* MartyStu: Arguably protected by GrandfatherClause, but think about it; the Count himself spends several years in ''prison'', and in the meantime, obtains ''permanent'' night vision and manages to become a master of every common-for-the-day fighting style and several languages. Though to be fair, the latter two (mastery of multiple fighting styles and his fluency in languages) aren't impossible and in fact an educated man of the 19th century as Dantes became as the Count would be ''expected'' to speak multiple languages. Furthermore, he knew several languages as a sailor (Spanish, Italian, and probably bits of other languages), and one can image that he may have learned a little about fighting back then, too, meaning that the only unrealistic aspect is his night-vision. Arguably, just a case of tropes aren't bad.
* MisaimedFandom: Readers are often left fascinated with the Count's overly-elaborate revenge plots, to the point that modern adaptations often just focus on the revenge and none of the moral nuances of the original novel. In fact, the author himself portrays the Count as morally questionable, and the final part of the book is spent on Dantes [[MustMakeAmends realizing he went too far and trying to make amends for it.]]
* OlderThanTheyThink: Among other things, the book is one of the first to introduce invisible ink and the treasure map as concepts, and the scheme employed to bankrupt Danglars is not only a version of the con known as "the wire", but is essentially the same trick done in the Eddie Murphy movie, ''Film/TradingPlaces''. Also, although invisible ink was used earlier by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe in his story "The Gold Bug", this novel is one of the earlier uses of the idea before it became a cliche.
* ValuesDissonance: As noted in FanPreferredCouple, the fact that the count ends up in love with his adopted daughter/slave is just plain wrong to modern audiences.
** An in-universe one: several characters note that Albert ''apologizing'' for insulting the count, having learned of his father's behavior, comes off as dishonourable; apologizing to someone you'd challenged to a duel and backing down from the duel was seen as deep cowardice. One claims that "had my father committed ten Janinas, I would only have seen fit to fight ten times".
** The Count owning slaves is an InUniverse one, as several characters note, but since he claims to be of any nationality but French he gets a pass. The fact that his slaves are InNameOnly (especially Haydee) also helps for modern audiences.

!!The various adaptations (radio, films, TV series, etc.) offer the following tropes:

* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The 1973 English/Italian animated series [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTpHTpSKFfs had a pretty sweet opening theme.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SicOw6aNx3M A story told from the musical adaptation.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQUK19zJqyc I will be there can give you chills.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WrdCPSK7_k Hell to Your Doorstep is three minutes of pure badass.]]
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Remember kids, vengeance is bad. The 2002 film will demonstrate that although it appears to be ''totally awesome'', it's nevertheless very, very bad.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: As seen in the comments to the above video, people from several countries all over the world watched the 1973 series as kids and remember it fondly.
* FanPreferredCouple: Edmond/Mercedes, which is incorporated into most adaptations of the novel. This is most likely partly due to Edmond/Haydee being a case of WifeHusbandry.
* HilariousInHindsight: The 2002 film with Jim Caviezel gives him long hair and a beard from all those years of incarceration. He later played [[Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist Jesus]]. The movie also makes Dantes the biological father of Albert Mondego (Creator/HenryCavill). This would mean that Jesus was the father of ''[[Film/ManOfSteel Superman]]''.
* NightmareFuel: The Depardieu film has a moment where Danglars' wife (in the movie, they're childless) starts ranting that she ''did'' have a son (with Villefort), the one Monte Cristo was [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow ever so subtly hinting at earlier]], [[KubrickStare staring at him]] the whole time while wearing a kind of [[TheUnsmile weirdly happy grin]].
* OneSceneWonder: Alex Norton as Napoleon in the 2002 film has maybe five minutes of screen time, but in that five minutes you absolutely see why this man nearly conquered Europe.